Fallout3 Cant activate console.


  1.    20 Apr 2009 #1
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    Fallout3 Cant activate console.


    Called bethesda tech support and they say it is a vista problem. My system specs are,

    Manufacturer: Gateway
    Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) 9600 Quad-Core Processor (4 CPUs), ~2.3GHz
    Memory: 4 gig CRUCIAL DDR2 PC2-6400
    Hard Drive: 488 GB
    Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT
    Monitor: 22" Widescreen HD Monitor
    Sound Card: Realtek High Definition Audio
    Speakers: Logitec 5.1 Digital Surround Sound Speakers
    Headset: Creative Fatality
    Keyboard: Logitec G15 Gaming Keyboard
    Mouse: Logitec G9 Gaming Mouse
    Mouse Surface: Cheap One
    Operating System: Windows Vista™ Home Premium (6.0, Build 6000) (6000.vista_gdr.070627

    I found a problem with people having the console come up off screen but mine just isnt coming up at all. Please Help
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    Re: Fallout3 Cant activate console.


    Do you have a controller attached by any chance? I had a 360 controller attached and the console wouldn't show until I switched to keyboard/mouse.
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    Re: Fallout3 Cant activate console.


    No sir I do not, I play with the keyboard.
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    Re: Fallout3 Cant activate console.


    Noone has any ideas? It isnt that big a deal but I have played and beat the game 2 times now the normal way. I didnt even think about enabling console but I was talking to another Fallout3 fan and they said there is some cool stuff you can do with the console. I love the game and want to try it. Everywhere I have checked on the matter I get nothing. I just want some suggestions, things to try, maybe I am a noob and missing something simple. Please help
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    Re: Fallout3 Cant activate console.


    This is from this site:
    Fallout 3 console commands - Fallout Wiki - The Vault

    For Vista:
    C:\Users\username\Documents\My Games\Fallout3\Fallout.ini Open the file in a text editor like Notepad. Search for "iConsoleText".

    • Set iConsoleTextXPos to 200 or so. Higher figures move console text to the right. This is the main problem.
    • IConsoleTextYPos should be approx. 100 or 200 less than your Y resolution. Lower figure moves it up (0 is the top of the screen).

    An example for a 1280x1024 (XxY) 5:4 display:
    Setting Default New Setting Notes
    iConsoleTextYPos 940 900 Y (up/down) pos is 100-200 less than your Y res (here, 1024)

    iConsoleTextXPos 30 200 X (left/right) position is higher (which moves it to the right)
    You can use a command like help to see if the console works. Even though you can't see the editing line or the cursor, it will flood the console with text.
    Alternatively you can repeatedly press TAB before entering a command, this way the text gets pushed to the right and will be readable without affecting the entered text.
    Hopefully this will point you in the right direction
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    Re: Fallout3 Cant activate console.


    Quote Originally Posted by CoolDaddy78 View Post
    Called bethesda tech support and they say it is a vista problem. My system specs are,

    Manufacturer: Gateway
    Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) 9600 Quad-Core Processor (4 CPUs), ~2.3GHz
    Memory: 4 gig CRUCIAL DDR2 PC2-6400
    Hard Drive: 488 GB
    Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT
    Monitor: 22" Widescreen HD Monitor
    Sound Card: Realtek High Definition Audio
    Speakers: Logitec 5.1 Digital Surround Sound Speakers
    Headset: Creative Fatality
    Keyboard: Logitec G15 Gaming Keyboard
    Mouse: Logitec G9 Gaming Mouse
    Mouse Surface: Cheap One
    Operating System: Windows Vista™ Home Premium (6.0, Build 6000) (6000.vista_gdr.070627

    I found a problem with people having the console come up off screen but mine just isnt coming up at all. Please Help
    I think I should be able to sort this one for you.

    when you press the ~ [tilde] does the game pause?

    I need to clarify this first as if the game isn't pausing then the console isn't initiating and I know several potential problems and their fixes. If the game does pause then your answer is similar to what smarteyeball mentions.
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    Re: Fallout3 Cant activate console.


    No it does not pause. It acts as if I did nothing. The game goes on and does not pause.
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    Re: Fallout3 Cant activate console.


    Quote Originally Posted by CoolDaddy78 View Post
    No it does not pause. It acts as if I did nothing. The game goes on and does not pause.
    The tilde key [~] problem is usually linked to a device driver called eHome MCIR and / or ENE Infared Transmitter /Reciever. This has mainly been seen on systems that have Windows Media Centre installed and have a Microsoft looking remote control (kinda like a dvd player remote) for use within the media centre. Basically the driver of the remote re-assigns several keyboard functions however within windows you shouldn't really notice this an example would be that opening notepad you'd still be able to enter the tilde [~] key.

    To clarify if this is the problem you need to open device manager either type 'device manager' in the vista start menu or get to it any other way that you see fit and expand the keyboard section and human interface devices. if you have any of the above within the list simply right click them and uninstall them. You should then be able to open the console within Oblivion.

    A work around for the eHome driver is to click update and manually change the driver to "HID-compliant device" this should end the problem without needing to uninstall the device all the time. I've not tested this method personally as I don't really mind uninstalling the device.

    Let me know if this fixes the problem for you.
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    Re: Fallout3 Cant activate console.


    DUDE YOU ARE AWESOME. That worked, now I have the problem with it opening off screen. I can fix that one. Thank you so much man. That was a frustrating little bugger. I am an auto motive technician by trade, specializing in Hondas. If you need any info on them Let me know. Thanks again bud.
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    Re: Fallout3 Cant activate console.


    No worries a pleasure to help Fallout 3 is a great game; in fact the fix above will also work for elder scrolls oblivion as they run on pretty much the same engine.
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